இனிய கிறிஸ்து பிறப்பு விழா மற்றும் புத்தாண்டு வாழ்த்துக்கள்
 
PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE
Agnel Bestus Arockiaraj, President, TCA USA
 
 
Dear TCA Members,

On behalf of the Executive Committee, I welcome all to our 2017 Annual Christmas Celebrations. We have grown in strength this year with more and more Tamil families joining the TCA.

I would like to thank our priests Fr. Albin Roby, Fr. Theesmas Pankiraj, Fr. John Berchmans and Fr. James Selvaraj who have supported us with their presence throughout the year.

I thank Eskalin Joe who is our outgoing Trustee, who has taken multiple responsibilities in helping our association- Food Committee, coordinator at Hillsborough church.

I welcome Mr. Lawrence Savarimuthu who is the incoming trustee, who has been an active member of our association for many years and always helped from the background.

Every year Christmas celebrations have been a very happy occasion for our TCA members. We start our planning in September. We plan to have a very grand Tamil mass, cultural activities by our kids, friends and families followed by a festive dinner. This year also, the executive committee with the help of all of you have worked hard to present a great day.

Few updates and request to all our TCA Members:
  • We have been celebrating First Communion & Baptism of our TCA kids for the last three years. Please reach us if you plan to celebrate the Holy Sacraments of First Holy Communion or Baptism for your kids. As you know, this will be a great experience for the kids, parents, friends and family.
  • Youth Group coordinators have planned some wonderful activities for our TCA children all through the year. Please see EC Youth group coordinators Rachel Anantha, Shanthi Thangaraj, Immaculate Sahayaraj and Roselyn Joseph to engage our Youth kids and be part of the discussions.
The Team for 2018 is given below:

Officers

Rev. Albin Roby - Counselor
Mr. Agnel Bestus Arockiaraj - President
Mr. Xavier Rajesh Vincent - Vice President
Mr.Benno A Francis - Secretary
Mrs. Immaculate Sagayaraj - Joint Secretary
Mr. Anton Fernando - Treasurer
Mr. Peter Rajesh Selvaraj - Financial Secretary

Trustees

Mr. Joseph Arulanantham
Mrs. Roseline Joseph
Mrs. Shanthi Thangaraj
Mr. Anantha Soosairaj
Mr. Joseph Ernest
Mr. John Peter
Mr. Lawrence Savarimuthu

Wishing you all Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2018!

 
HIS NAME IS IMMANUEL (Mt. 1:23)
Fr. Albin Roby
 
 
When we read the Bible very carefully, we come to know the number of names and titles that have been attributed to Jesus. such as Good Shepherd, the Christ, the root of Jesse, the Alpha and the Omega. Every name or title reveals very special nature of his humanity and divinity. During Christmas season, we hear the name Immanuel again and again. "Behold, the virgin shall be with child and shall bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel, which means 'God is with us' (Mt. 1:23)." Doesn't it mean that God has never been "with us" before Jesus was born? What does it mean to us today as we are far away from our own country, families and friends in the land of opportunity?

God has been with the humanity from the day of creation. In fact, the whole creation reflects his presence. When we read the bible very carefully, we begin to understand how people of Israel felt the presence of God on several occasions in different ways. They understood it was God who delivered them, through Moses, from the Egyptian slavery. It was he who led them through the red sea and saved them from the hand of Pharaoh (Ex. 14:13-30) and gave them manna, bread from heaven, in the desert (Ex. 16:13-17).

The people of Israel saw the glory God appeared in the clouds (Ex. 16:10). "The Lord was going before them in a pillar of cloud by day to lead them on the way, and in a pillar of fire by night to give them light, that they might travel by day and by night. He did not take away the pillar of cloud by day, nor the pillar of fire by night, from before the people" (Exodus 13:21-22). God was with them during their ups and downs when they travelled through desert. the hills and valleys to the promised land. But what does it mean to us in today's context?

The promise of God stated in the Bible thousands of years ago never changes. Listen to the LORD who created you…the one who formed you says, “Do not be afraid, for I have redeemed you. I have called you by name; you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you. And through the river, they will not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be scorched, nor will the flame burn you” (Isaiah 43:1-2). It doesn't matter where you go and how far you go, God is with us.

One of the best of many good stories that are told of our President Abraham Lincoln, runs as follows: During the civil war, at the close of a scientific convention in Washington, the members called upon the President. One of them said: "Mr. President, we trust during this time of trial in which the nation is engaged, God is on our side, and will give us victory." The noble Lincoln replied: "Sir, I know God is with us, yet I am more concerned whether or not, in all our doings, are we with God."

This Christmas gives us a challenging message. We came to this land of opportunity with so many dreams. As the years pass by, we fall in line with the American way of life. The affluence of wealth, comfortable life and secular philosophical thoughts may distract and try to deviate us from our faith life and our practice of faith, just as they did with the faith lives of most of the American Catholics.

A baby is born. His name is Immanuel. He promised, "Behold I am with you always, until the end of the age" (Mt. 28:20). He is with us. Are We with Him?

 
2017 AT A GLANCE
 
 








 
 
'Tis the Season for Giving
By Athalya Joseph
 
 
As we all know, the holiday season is all about gift giving for people we love and adore. However, there are many people in the United States, alone, who do not receive any presents, this time of year. There are many great ways to offer gifts for children who do not have a bundle of gifts waiting for them under the tree. Below are some charities that can help you to give to the needy this holiday season.

Toys for Tots: This organization provides a great way for you to pick out a toy for a child who may not have anyone to get a present for them. Here is a link with information on where you can drop of toys in your local area: https://www.toysfortots.org/donate/toys.aspx

Habitat for Humanity: This non-profit organization give people something we take for granted: a home. Your generous donation could help a homeless individual or family receive a home this holiday season. https://community.habitatnyc.org/donate

American Red Cross: There are many people out there on a waiting list for an organ or in need of a blood transfusion that could save their life! If you are interested, visit this link to find where there a blood drive near you, and possibly give someone the greatest gift of all: life. http://www.redcross.org/

 
"The 12 Days of Christmas" Song Hidden Meaning
by Anusha Mathias
 
 
"The 12 Days of Christmas" is a popular Christmas carol written in the 17th Century when Christians suffered religious persecution and anyone caught with any written evidence of their beliefs could suffer a grisly execution. The 12 days of Christmas run from Christmas to the Feast of the Epiphany, Jan. 6. This carol was really a “catechist song,” meant to help young Christians remember items of faith through code words. As you could see below each phrase of the song has a religious significance.

  • The "partridge in a pear tree" was Jesus Christ who died on a tree as a gift from God.

  • The "two turtle doves" are the Old and New Testaments which was another gift from God.

  • The "three French hens" are the three gifts of the Spirit, are faith, hope and love (I Corinthians 13).

  • The "four calling birds" are the four Gospels which sing the song of salvation through Jesus Christ.

  • The "five golden rings" are the first five books of the Bible also called the "Books of Moses".

  • The "six geese a-laying" are the six days of creation.

  • The "seven swans a swimming" are the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit (I Corinthians 12:8-11; Romans 12, Ephesians 4; I Peter 4:10-11).

  • The "eight maids a milking" are the eight beatitudes.

  • The "nine ladies dancing" are nine fruits of the Holy Spirit (Galatians 5:22 & 23).

  • The "ten lords a-leaping" are the Ten Commandments

  • The "eleven pipers piping" are the eleven faithful disciples.

  • The "twelve drummers drumming" are the twelve points of the Apostles' Creed.

So, the next time you hear "The 12 Days of Christmas", consider how this otherwise non-religious sounding song had its origins in the Christian faith.

You can enjoy the song here: https://youtu.be/oyEyMjdD2uk



 
TCA Christmas Pledge Contribution
 
 
Please pay the TCA christmas Pledge and 2018 Membership ($60) through any of the following methods:

Quick Pay: You can add the email tamilcatholicsusa@gmail.com from BoFA, Or Chase and Pay.

PayPal: Payment using Paypal can be made to tamilcatholicsusa@gmail.com

Check: On the day of the Christmas event or Other TCA events, you can pay through Checks (Payable to "TCA of USA") or through Credit Cards

Credit Cards: On the day of the Christmas event or Other TCA events, you can pay using your Credit Cards

All payments to TCA are tax exempted as we are a 501(3)(C) charity organization.

 
2018 Events
 
 
Date Event Theme Location
2/18/2018 Blessings for Couples St. Bernard Clairvaux Church, Bridgewater, NJ
3/25/2018 Palm Sunday St. Bernard Clairvaux Church, Bridgewater, NJ
4/22/2018 Tamil New year and Easter Mary Mother of God Church, Hillsborough, NJ
6/16/2018 Blue Army Pilgrimage Blue Army Shrine, Washington, NJ
Jul/Aug Picnic TBD
9/9/2018 Back To School Mary Mother of God Church, Hillsborough, NJ
10/21/2018 October Mass St. Cecilia Church, Monmouth Jn
12/16/2018 Christmas Celebration St Philip the Apostle Church, Saddle Brook, NJ
 
Christ in Christmas
By Adrian Gaspar
 
 
As we rapidly approach December 25th, we can see numerous signs of the yuletide being in full swing: all of the radio stations blasting Christmas themed songs 24/7, the extended holiday hours at malls assorted around the state, the glimmering lights adorning houses, and of course, the increase in bumper stickers advocating to “Keep Christ in Christmas”. The last sign, along with other slogans, such as “Jesus is the reason for the season” and “Keep the holy in holidays”, is part of the overall movement for making Jesus’s birth the focus of the season, as opposed to the age-old tradition of buying an excessive number of gifts and watching How the Grinch Stole Christmas until our eyes hurt. This movement is a clear indication of more and more Catholics yearning to return to the true meaning of the most wonderful time of the year. What isn’t clear, however, is how to go about keeping Christ in Christmas. Devout Christians point to praying frivolously, but the wide majority of families in our country do not have the time, nor the energy to accomplish this task on a daily basis. It is important to note that there are easy, sometimes even fun activities which keep the essence and teachings of Christ in Christmas, without extraneous effort. Here are a few simple actions you can do to “Keep Christ in Christmas”:

Spend time with your family- With all the hustle and bustle of the Christmas season, it is easy to be too busy to spend some time with those closest to you. Merely being in the presence of your loved ones is enough to please our Lord and God. Simple activities, such as baking cookies, or decorating your home, can be made holy (and often more fun) by including the family.

Partake in any sort of charity- Whether this be donating your time or money, assisting the needy of our world is the quintessential way of keeping Jesus’s teachings in mind. For it is said that “whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” By participating in charity, we are doing for Jesus, and therefore keeping Christ in Christmas

Keep Him in Your Thoughts- This can be as complicated as praying the rosary 10 times a day, or as simple as saying “Thank God” when your neighborhood Costco has free fudge.

Support those who have gone through tragedy- On a more serious note, Christmastime could be a time of sadness for some members of our communities. It can bring back memories of fallen loved ones, or remind them of better times. By comforting them, we can fulfill God’s teachings and help someone in dire need.

Stay calm- It is easy to become stressed by the cramped roads, buyer’s remorse and pesky extended family members that accompany the holiday season. However, it is just as easy to stay above it all and think as Jesus does.

After all, Christmas is a time to prepare for the glorious birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. So, ask yourself this:

What have I done to keep Christ in Christmas?

 
A Christmas Carol
By Anto Sushin
 
 
A mean-spirited, miserly old man named Ebenezer Scrooge sits in his counting-house on a frigid Christmas Eve. His clerk, Bob Cratchit, shivers in the anteroom because Scrooge refuses to spend money on heating coals for a fire. Scrooge's nephew, Fred, pays his uncle a visit and invites him to his annual Christmas party. Two portly gentlemen also drop by and ask Scrooge for a contribution to their charity. Scrooge reacts to the holiday visitors with bitterness and venom, spitting out an angry "Bah! Humbug!" in response to his nephew's "Merry Christmas!"

Later that evening, after returning to his dark, cold apartment, Scrooge receives a chilling visitation from the ghost of his dead partner, Jacob Marley. Marley, looking haggard and pallid, relates his unfortunate story. As punishment for his greedy and self-serving life his spirit has been condemned to wander the Earth weighted down with heavy chains. Marley hopes to save Scrooge from sharing the same fate. Marley informs Scrooge that three spirits will visit him during each of the next three nights. After the wraith disappears, Scrooge collapses into a deep sleep.

He wakes moments before the arrival of the Ghost of Christmas Past, a strange childlike phantom with a brightly glowing head. The spirit escorts Scrooge on a journey into the past to previous Christmases from the curmudgeon's earlier years. Invisible to those he watches, Scrooge revisits his childhood school days, his apprenticeship with a jolly merchant named Fezziwig, and his engagement to Belle, a woman who leaves Scrooge because his lust for money eclipses his ability to love another. Scrooge, deeply moved, sheds tears of regret before the phantom returns him to his bed.

 
BIRTHDAYS
 
 
Aaron John Edwin Raja 11/21 Adlin Savio 12/9
Agnel Bestus 12/15 Alastair Ryan Andrew 11/18
Allen Thevarajah 12/22 Amala Arogyaraj 11/21
Anantha Susairaj 11/27 Anish Rojar Vinoj 12/21
Anitha Bethusamy 12/8 Anitha JosephPushparaj 11/23
Anto Piustin Peter 12/4 Anton Antony Arockiasamy 11/18
Anton Santha Vijayakumar 12/8 Antonica Rowona Rajan 11/28
Antony Sudharsan Gnanaraj 11/19 Arockiasamy Diraviam 12/9
Arokia Rajan Devaraj Sundaram 12/12 Arul Savarimuthu 11/15
Arun Joseph 11/24 Blessy Christa 11/23
Bridget Joseph 12/31 Catherine Juana Leo 11/4
Cecil Deepika Britto 11/22 Chris Gerald 12/20
Christian Mahipan 12/28 Deepak FrancisXavier 12/25
Dhayaa Raj 12/20 Duke Harrison 11/21
Esther Jayakumar 11/30 Ethan Lazer 12/27
Gopal Sriramadoss 11/24 James Rethinam 12/19
Jennifer Francis 11/12 Jennifer Gerald 11/9
Jenniston Francis 11/17 Jessica James 11/8
Joanna Jesudas 12/10 Jonathan Ligo 12/25
Jovitha James 12/13 Julianne 11/9
Kevin Arputharaj 11/10 Kevin Gerald 11/25
Kevin Joseph 12/6 Kingslee Rethinam 12/20
MaryPreetha Frank 12/28 Mathias Arokiaraj 12/26
Melvin Joseph 12/4 Nancy Mathias 11/5
Nancy Poornam Francis 11/2 Naomy Ignatius 12/5
Nirmala Robert 11/16 Niteesh Thangaraj 12/13
Prakash Raj 12/13 Rev. Bala Belavendiram Rathinam 11/21
Rhea Princy 12/19 Rithvikka Prakash 11/2
Robert Navin 12/3 Roseline Joseph 12/12
Ruban 11/29 Ryan Pius 11/22
Saharikah Sahay 11/15 Shahira Innocent 12/27
Sharvanand Thirunavukkarasu 11/6 Sheeba Abraham 12/14
Sherin Fernando 12/30 Shoba Davadasan 12/9
Shoba Devadhasan 12/9 Simpson Joseph 12/1
Siphina Peter 11/1 Stephen D Alex 11/28
Steve Charles 11/25 Thami 12/25
Thevaraj Pathinathan 12/4 Veniesha Majella Arockiasamy 11/9
Vijay Arockiasamy 12/8 Xavier Rajesh Vincent 12/4


WEDDING ANNIVERSARY
 
 
Anbu Benzigar / Jenis Anbu 12/27
Antony Sagayaraj / Immaculate Sagayaraj 11/30
Antony Sudharsan Gnanaraj / Anto Sinthiya Devi 11/10
Christian Mahipan / Tresa Mahipan 11/28
Francis Xavier Francis / Mary Grace Francis 12/30
Harriet Michael / Michael Manoj 11/29
Joseph Cruz Durai / Roseline Joseph 12/14
Kingslee Rethinam / Usha Maria Selvam 12/1
Lawrence Manickam / Janita 12/28
Maria Antony Pius / Femila Nayagam 12/28
Michael Karthik Antonyraj / Deepthi Baskar 12/27
Patrick GabrielPillai / Raji GabrielPillai 11/21
PaulJayakumar ChrisLawrence / 11/15
Raymonds Vijay Edmen / Jerine Arputha Peter 12/9
Robert Ligo / Thilagam Ligo 12/30
Terryne Edwardraj / Shahira Innocent 12/29
Thomas Amutharasu Mathias / Anita Jayasingh Mathias 11/3
Tony Jose / Rashmi Tresa 11/15
 
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